CHERRY SHAKER STOOL
A comforting place for resting feet.
SHOP OWNER: Scott Perry
LOCATION: Douglassville, PA
About a year ago, my mother-in-law had a knee replacement. Recently, she was to have arthroscopy to remove scar tissue from that surgery, and a month later, another knee replacement. Knowing they have no recliners, I thought she could use a nice footstool to rest her feet on during her recovery. She loved the stool when we gave it to her today, and will be using it during her live-in convalescence.
This turned Shaker stool is based on one Kerry Pierce made in Woodcraft Magazine a few years ago. It's made mostly from curly cherry, with some flat-sawn thrown in where I ran out of the curly stuff. The finish is padded on shellac while turning on the lathe, a finish I'd recommend highly.
The seat is navy and beige Shaker tape, and both my kids got in on the weaving action.
As I didn't want to waste much of the 8/4 and 6/4 turning stock, my dimensions are significantly fatter than Kerry's.
Soliciting his input on how to mate the oversized rung ends with the posts so as to look reasonably attractive; we came up with a 1" diameter countersink at all the joints. This required a little planning and careful drilling, but worked well.
. . . Scott Perry